The Saccomazzone Players by Giovanni Francesco Susini is based on a design by Orazio Mochi (d. 1625) for the Boboli Gardens in Florence, which he executed with the assistance of Romolo Ferrucci del Tadda (d. 1621). Mochi translated a typical genre scene from painting into the medium of sculpture.
Saccomazzone literally means a bundle of sacks, and is the name of a noisy interlude in country dances. Two players had to keep one hand on a stone placed between them. Both were blindfolded and had to try to hit the other with a knotted cloth or a sack in his hand, and both ducked to avoid the blows, which required a great deal of agility. Susini chose a very narrow oval plinth for his bronze cast, so the players’ wild thrashing in the air is shown to better advantage.
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Giovanni Francesco Susini
The Saccomazzone Players, 1625/1650
Bronze, golden-brown lacquer patina
height 42 cm
Inv.-No. SK602
Provenance: before 1658 acquired by Prince Karl Eusebius von Liechtenstein
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Hercules and a Centaur, c. 1625/1650
Hercules and Antaeus, c. 1625/1650
Laocoön, 1625/1650
David with the Head of Goliath, 1625/1630
The Farnese Bull, 1625/1650
Kneeling Woman Bathing, 1625/1650
Venus Chastising Cupid, 1638
Venus Burning Cupid’s Arrows, 1638
Striding Horse, c. 1650
Striding Bull, c. 1650
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